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Prompt Payment – Comptroller Policy
Liability and Adequate Funding

Each state agency is legally responsible for ensuring that all interest due under the prompt payment law is paid. Should automatic interest fail to be paid to a vendor when interest is legally due for any reason, agencies must take steps to correct the situation as soon as it is identified.

Agencies are responsible for ensuring adequate funding is available to cover the interest payments. A principal payment is not to be made without the related interest payment when interest is due.

Note: When a funding error occurs, an agency must adjust its accounts to cover the principal, interest and any additional interest that accrues until distribution. Depending on the type of funding error encountered and statutory authority, this may entail transferring budget authority from one appropriation into another or moving cash into an appropriation.

Definitions

Payment
Money owed to a vendor.
Prompt payment law
Chapter 2251, Government Code.
State agency
  • A board, commission, department, office or other agency in the executive branch of state government created by the constitution or a statute of this state, including an institution of higher education as defined by Texas Education Code Section 61.003.
  • The Legislature or a legislative agency.
  • The Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeals, a court of appeals, a state judicial agency or the State Bar of Texas.
Vendor
A person who supplies goods or a service to a state agency or another person directed by the agency. The term does not include a state agency, except for Texas Correctional Industries. The term includes an officer or employee of a state agency when acting in a private capacity to supply goods or a service.
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Questions? Contact statewide.accounting@cpa.texas.gov
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